A player, who had gained a demi-god status with his class cricket skills that made him appear untouchable, suddenly got sacked from the captainship responsibility for the so called betterment in winning the ICC titles, which is still a dream. Let us look at much more detail on Virat Kohli Captaincy here.
Over the years, many people have questioned Virat Kohli’s leadership abilities. The cricketing superstar is constantly scrutinised. His batting brilliance has already cemented his status as a legend in the sport, but he has received plenty of flak for his captaincy during his leadership tenure.
Virat Kohli: Is he the finest captain in India? That’s questionable, but statistically speaking, his record gives a loud support to that statement. He has surpassed players like Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, and MS Dhoni to become India’s most successful Test captain. Only Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, and Kane Williamson, according to the Wisden analysis, have a higher win % than Kohli.
However, following India’s defeat in the Test series against South Africa, Virat Kohli resigned as Team India’s Test captain. He revealed his decision on social media in January 2022.
Prior to the T20 World Cup in 2021, Kohli made the announcement that he would resign as India’s T20I captain. In December 2021, Rohit Sharma took over as the captain of India’s white-ball team.
Virat Kohli Captaincy record
He is India’s most successful captain with 40 victories in 68 Tests (24 at home, 16 away). He will be viewed more favourably by history than by his contemporaries.
The Delhi-gem has captained India in 95 ODIs, 105-less than MS Dhoni, the successful Indian skipper in ODI cricket, claimed 68.42% win with 65 victories and just 27 defeats.
While he remained the skipper of Indian team in 50 T20Is, in which he led the side to win 32 games, and carrying 64 winning percentage, again better than the most successful T20I captain, MS Dhoni, the latter captained the side in 72 matches, though!
Virat Kohli Captaincy period
He is the only player at that time everyone believe that can match up the charisma of MS Dhoni, who remained the red-ball skipper of India for more than 6 years, and white-ball skipper for almost 10 years.
In Dhoni’s tenure, India first became the champions of the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, won the ICC test maze in 2010, won the 50-over World Cup after 28 years in 2011, and a Champions Trophy in 2013.
With the kind of play and aggression he was carrying during his younger days, it was believed that he is the true leader, who can lead India after the magician MS Dhoni.
Kohli was announced as the captain of team India during India’s 2014-15 tour of Australia. When MSD suddenly took the retirement from red-ball cricket.
While he received the white-ball’s captaincy hat in January 2017 after Dhoni stepped down from the role.
Under Virat Kohli, the Indian squad developed into an uncompromising group of players. Who gave as well as they received, were aggressive, self-assured, and dedicated to the idea of victory.
The era of Kohli the captain is finished, but Kohli the batsman will continue. It’s possible that the passing of the captain will herald a comeback for the batter. Being his own harshest critic, Kohli was concerned that he hasn’t scored an international century in almost three years.
But he bounced back strongly, and first broke the century drought during the Asia Cup game against Afghanistan. And then went on to become the highest-run scorer in the T20 World Cup 2022.